Unhappy Days are Here Again

Unemployment is worse that we thought, the government tried to cover up just how bad the oil spill was, and as if all that crap wasn’t enough, bombings in Northern Ireland and Middle East peace talks collapsing are news of the day.

Derry car bomb blamed on dissident republicans: “Dissident republicans are being blamed for a car bomb attack in Derry late last night that damaged a bank and several shops…” (via guardian.co.uk)

U.S. Believes Arab States Won’t Scuttle Mideast Talks: “The Obama administration believes it has persuaded Arab states not to scuttle the fledgling Middle East peace negotiations, officials said Thursday, despite the Israeli government’s refusal to freeze Jewish settlements and a vow by the Palestinians to walk away if Israel did not… (via NYTimes.com.)

I know I’ve said this a few times before, but it really does seem a bit surreal to me that for pretty much my entire conscious life the struggles in the Middle East and Northern Ireland have been going on. And a formative event of my childhood was another oil spill – very minor, esp. compared to this most recent one, but right on my doorstep. I’d think nothing had really changed if it weren’t for the fact that I no longer worry about global thermonuclear war, and I do worry about my own housing, health care and employment in a way I never would have thought possible, and – oh yeah – a global climate disaster… Okay, a lot has changed. But not those two iconic struggles… As the saying goes, “I can’t believe we still have to protest this shit.”

Thank the goddess that the election of Obama means we no longer have to worry about racism or the policies of the Bush/Cheney years or any of that…


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